Wishing one and all very festive holidays!
And may we all beat the odds and have a sane & peaceful 2017.
In honor of the season and memory of sweet scents and good company, a few words from pens wiser than my own.
“But what is memory if not the language of feeling, a dictionary of faces and days and smells which repeat themselves like the verbs and adjectives in a speech, sneaking in behind the thing itself, into the pure present, making us sad or teaching us vicariously…”
― Julio Cortázar, Hopscotch
“…I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire…I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it.”
― Faulkner, The Sound & The Fury
From all of us at the Nest, wishes to you for a peaceful and memorable Thanksgiving.
Happy Samhain one and all!
The harvest is over and now the world tips into its darker half. It is also the Night of the Dead – when the barrier between this world and the Otherworld thins and can be crossed. Ghosts, goblins, elves, et al, walk abroad, welcomed by some, feared by others.
Dragons, of course, do nothing by halves. When they came back to us, they did it with a snort and a roar and a lively dance round Samhain baelfires. That we were having our own seasonal fun proves a bonus for all.
Of course, tonight has its somber elements, too. It is a time to feel the presence of those no longer with us, to honor their lives and their absence. Having lost so many of their kind during the Dark Times, Dragons are particularly cognizant of this.
One word of caution: If any Dragonlets are among your trick-or-treaters, do be careful not to give them too much sugar. As with children, it has a tendency to make them bounce off walls and that can create obvious problems.
One treat we’ve found to be a huge hit around the Nest is Chocolate Habanero peppers dipped in a glaze of pumpkin and Mexican chocolate. The mix of heat and just a little sweet is enjoyed by Dragons of all ages and keeps sugar-rush mayhem to a minimum.
Wishing one and all a wondrous Samhain. And to everyone at WAFDE and dracophiles the world over, our fiercest thanks for making this Fifth Month of the Dragon so memorable. May the Great Dragon smile upon you all.
The air is changing – a bit of a nip, sweet smell of windfalls. October is almost here, and that means we’re gearing up for WAFDE’s Fifth Annual Month of the Dragon!
Our calendar is open and flexible and we welcome participation both here at the Dragon’s Nest and on the WAFDE page on Facebook. The more the merrier.
Hope you will join us for draconic discussions, stories, fun & games, and even the chance at a free signed copy of a dragon book or two….
See you all next week!
Music, theatre, movies, dance – the performing arts intersect out lives daily. We turn on the radio, catch a matinee at the local Cineplex or on TV.
Live dance and theatre may elude many outside of metropolitan areas, but thank goodness for PBS and cable.
So…today I give you a list of 40 people. Some familiar, some less so. They are associated with
Mix, match, and have fun!
Since many of us are in the midst of chocolate bunny/matzo frenzy, I wish one and all happy holidays and will post the answers on Tuesday.
Into April and still frosty here in the northeast. I think the weather gods are taking Mark Twain’s words too much to heart and passing the buck to their subordinates.
I reverently believe that the maker who made us all makes everything in New England, but the weather. I don’t know who makes that, but I think it must be raw apprentices in the weather-clerks factory who experiment and learn how, in
New England, for board and clothes, and then are promoted to make weather for countries that require a good article, and will take their custom elsewhere if they don’t get it.
But all that doesn’t keep me from providing the answers to Tuesday’s literary quiz.
How did everyone do?
Now, tomorrow I will be cooking for our seder, so nothing new until Saturday. Then we will begin questing through the forest of the performing arts – dance, music, theatre, and film. (I know, film falls into a grey area – part visual, part performance – but I relish the grey.)
It is the Ides of February.
A time to honor the she-wolf who cared for Romulus and Remus.
To celebrate the fading winter – we can but hope – and the fecundity of the coming spring!
So….run naked through the streets and howl to the heavens!
And if you want to give that special little red-haired girl a Valentine, that’s cool, too.